FAA Grants NCDOT Statewide BVLOS Waiver for Bridge Inspections with Skydio Drones

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently received a blanket BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) waiver to fly Skydio drones for bridge inspections anywhere in the state.


Skydio’s Brendan Groves is calling the waiver the first “true BVLOS” waiver granted by the FAA, since all prior BVLOS waivers have required the use of a visual observer and expensive external technology, such as radar, to help detect and avoid manned aircraft in the area.


This kind of permission was made possible due to the sophisticated autonomous capabilities of Skydio drones, which allow them to reliably avoid collisions even when flying close to objects for inspection purposes.

Read today's article to learn more about the waiver and why drones are so valuable for bridge inspections.

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